But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 19 August 2019 15:15

His Eye Is On the Sparrow

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It was a relaxing Saturday afternoon, and evening was just a breath away. Stepping into the family room, I looked out at the window feeder and spotted what appeared to be a baby house finch sitting inside. Looking a little lost and with seed remnants covering his beak, he cried for his momma. She...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 15:09

Sunday Morning Praise

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My Savior First of All

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:05

This ‘n’ That

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“People are not going to be impressed by our theological grasp, but they may be impressed by our expressions of practical godliness.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote because it is so true. Unfortunately, many doctrinally sound churches miss its truth,...

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Saturday, 10 August 2019 15:04

Sunday Morning Praise

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‘Tis So Sweet to Trust In Jesus

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 15:05

This ‘n’ That

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The football preseason started yesterday (well, at least for my team—Go Pack Go!). That inevitably causes me to look forward to autumn. Autumn is one of those seasons that seems to exist only in theory anymore. Like spring, it only appears for a week or two between summer and winter, leaving...

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Saturday, 03 August 2019 15:02

Sunday Morning Praise

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I Know Whom I Have Believed

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 15:30

This ‘n’ That

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“I’m really excited about this spreadsheet.”

I actually said those words yesterday. And I meant it. I am really excited about that spreadsheet.

Sometimes being an adult is boring and a little bit sad. I never would have dreamed I’d say those words or mean them so passionately....

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:36

Equipping Eve: Pondering Peter

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Oh, Peter. Many of us find it easy to identify with this imperfect apostle. He was impetuous, among other things, and often spoke first and thought later. Yet the Lord loved Peter and used him mightily for His kingdom. Ladies, tune in to these recent episodes of Equipping Eve if you’d like to...

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Saturday, 27 July 2019 15:40

Sunday Morning Praise

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Jesus Shall Reign

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 15:03

This ‘n’ That

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My cat is perfect, except for his one besetting sin.

I recently added a window bird feeder to my back window. As you can imagine, this is pure bliss for a cat. My furry guy has taken it upon himself to not simply watch the birds, but to try to catch them through the glass. I feel bad that the poor...

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Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:45

Sunday Morning Praise

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Amazing Grace

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 15:20

This ‘n’ That

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I don’t particularly like being lied to. Nor do I particularly like those who lie. I suspect none of us do. Still, in this fallen world it seems more and more rare to come across those who don’t lie regularly.

There was a time before God blessedly saved me when I was quite a skillful...

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 15:06

Sunday Morning Praise

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Day By Day

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 15:14

This ‘n’ That

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I’ve been putting together more puzzles lately. In the past, I reserved puzzles for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They’re a nice way to pass the time and enjoy those breaks. With the summer heat and humidity, though, I’ve found putting a puzzle together to also be a cool and...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 22:39

This ‘n’ That

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Wow, is my face red! With this week’s holiday in the US (happy belated Fourth, fellow Americans!), time slipped away from me! As a result, I failed to ensure this post would publish early Friday morning. That means that some of you won’t receive it in your inbox until Saturday morning,...

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Saturday, 29 June 2019 15:38

Sunday Morning Praise

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:18

This ‘n’ That

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Thanks for your patience last week and I hope you all enjoyed reflecting on the Scripture for a change! 

Sometimes it helps to mix things up a bit, even when it comes to regularly scheduled blogging. Maybe even especially in such a case. Blogging can get stale for both writer and reader,...

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Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:36

Sunday Morning Praise

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Blessed Assurance

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:04

This ‘n’ That (Kind of)

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I sat down to write This ‘n’ That last night and realized I hadn’t saved any articles throughout the week to share with you! I could say, “It’s just been one of those weeks,” but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Every week is “one of those...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 15:06

More Than a Pansy

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There is a pansy growing between the bricks on my patio. It wasn’t planted there, at least not by me, but I’m convinced its placement is deliberate.

It seems a terrible place for such a delicate, pretty flower. Surely this dainty pansy would flourish far more in soft, fertile soil rather...

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 15:31

Sunday Morning Praise

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Holy, Holy, Holy

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 15:02

This ‘n’ That

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You’d be amazed at how many ideas I have for this introduction during the week. So many times I think to myself, “Oh! I should talk about this on This ‘n’ That!” And then I continue on my way, destined to forget all of those brilliant ideas by Thursday evening. 

So...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 15:32

This ‘n’ That

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One of my favorite things about summer, particularly where I currently live, is the baby ducks. I know I talk about this almost every year but they are so cute that I can’t help it! Watching them waddle in a line behind their mother makes me smile every time. 

Did you know that ducklings...

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Saturday, 01 June 2019 14:58

Sunday Morning Praise

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Be Still My Soul

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:12

This ‘n’ That

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I’m driving a loaner car today. It’s nice, of course, to drive a brand new vehicle now and then. The ride is always a little smoother and the gadgets are a little newer, but is newer always better?

Okay, the blind-spot assist is nice, but rain-sensing windshield wipers? No thanks....

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